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What does a dollar sign followed by a square bracket mean in bash?

It appears that $[expr] performs arithmetic expansion just like $((expr)). But I can't find any mention of $[ in the bash manual. This command gives no results: gunzip -c ...
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Hexadecimal number sequence checker in Linux?

I have a list of hexadecimal number. I would like to check whether they are in sequence or not. That is, they should be consecutive numbers, in increasing order. In other words, there should be an ...
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Aliasing using for or while loop in .bashrc

Can I use a for or while loop when I have similar pattern in the aliases that I put in my .bashrc file? For example, I have: alias c0='ssh computer-1-0' alias c1='ssh computer-1-1' alias c2='ssh ...
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bash + how to calculate very long numbers in bash? [duplicate]

how to calculate very long numbers in bash? param=$(( 3247238523785623478565 + 53453453252345346534563412634 )) echo $param 3420247196502465471 as we see here this isnt the right answer , because ...
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bash: -eq vs. == and `bc` output type

This snippet of code has been taken from a larger script, (humbly) simulating the non-existing abs() function: [[ $(echo "$val < 0" | bc) -eq 1 ]] && val=$(echo "$val * -1" | bc) So we ...
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Moving sub-directory to new parent directory where the new directory name is incremented by 1

I am attempting to move a sub-directory from one parent directory to another for hundreds of instances, while changing the name of the sub-directory during the move. My directories are a set of ...
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Script with multiple arithmetic conditions failing

I'm experiencing problems with a script converting numbers to bytes. If the number is large enough to hit gigabytes or terabytes, the script runs as it should. If the number converts to kilobytes, ...
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How to format decimal number to display the preciding zero but not the trailing ones?

I have the following script on Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS 64-bit bash command prompt: S=0.030 F=0.150 N=10 reso=20 DIFF=`echo "scale=3; $F - $S" | bc -l` df=`echo "scale=3; $DIFF / $N" | bc -l` is=`echo ...
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Comparing variables in arithmetic

Was wondering if someone can take the time to explain the following: I have a directory of files (PDF), which I place into an array. shopt -s nullglob # Set array ...
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How can subtract 2 floats which have been extracted from 2 other files with BASH [duplicate]

I'm trying to get the difference between two numbers which I have taken from two files. I think my code will make sense: I've tried to make it work by two different methods, didn't work. What I get ...
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How to sum time using bash?

I want to know the total amount of time that a series of processes would take in my computer to decide if I should running there or in a stronger computer. So, i am forecasting the running time of ...
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Integer input constraints

I want to make an input constraint on read: Terminal Shell; read x read y echo $(($x+$y)) I want to make a constraint of x, I want x to be -100 <= x <= 100. What's the command I insert ...
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“too many arguments in [ (test) statement”

this is my first "if-else" script on linux. It gives the error [: too many arguments Code: n=0 if [ $n % 2 -eq 0 ] then echo "even number" fi How to correct it.
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Whats wrong in creating/printing this array?

To find the average time taken to create certain files, I'm using this minutes array, then would simply use bash arithmetic to find the average. However I'm unable to get the difference except for the ...
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Problematic bc calculation in shell script

On Ubuntu 14.04.1 64-bit LTS I am writing a shell script and if I define the start of the sequence used in the for loop with a variable instead of a constant I get really weird behavior and there are ...
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How does bash's arithmetic work?

read num1 2 read num2 5 echo "$((num1+num2))" 7 echo "$(($num1+$num2))" 7 I referred this. I don't understand how the above both expressions yields same result? Please explain. echo ...
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Calculate and divide by total with AWK

Given the following data file... foo 10 bar 20 oof 50 rab 20 ... how would I print column two as a percent of the total of column two? In other words, I want... foo 10 10% ...
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Calculate and round numbers up in bash

I'm struggling with a slight variation on: How to calculate by taking first field and How to round floating point numbers in shell? I have a file that looks like (space between columns): 1533 ...
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Evaluation an expression and rounding up to three decimals

I have an expression "5+50*3/20 + (19*2)/7" I need to round it up to 3 decimal places. The answer to this is 17.92857142857143. When I use the script below it is giving me 17.928. The answer should be ...
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Security Implications of using unsanitized data in Shell Arithmetic evaluation

In a comment to a recent question, Stéphane Chazelas mentions that there are security implications to double parentheses arithmetic such as: x=$((1-$x)) on most shells. My Google skills seem to be ...
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How do I convert a string into a number interpreted in certain base in bash script?

I'm simply trying to convert a string $RECORD_HDR to a number $RECORD_SIZE, where echo $RECORD_HDR gives 003D and echo $RECORD_SIZE should give 61
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Why is setting a variable name giving me “command not found”?

I want to input a number and then add taxes and subtract discounts. I am trying: #!/bin/sh ... final_amount = $(echo "$purchase_amount+($purchase_amount * $tax)-($purchase_amount * $discount)" |bc ...
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How to iterate a zero padded integer in bash?

How does one iterate a string with the form "[A-Z][0-9]*" Or for example: "A000001"? After receiving the variable I split: current_=$(mysql -h"$mysqlhost" -u"$mysqluser" -p"$PASS" "$DBNAME" -se ...
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Get pairs of lines and multiply [closed]

I'm trying to parse an html file for some values using bash. So I've got a big text file with numbers like this 3 2 4 2 What I want to do is get two lines, multiply both numbers and then store the ...
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Add or subtract a number from the names of all the files in a directory

I have a number of png and jpg files whose names are numbers, e.g.0100.png, in a directory, How can I add 1 to their names, for example, to get 0002.png and 0003.png from 0001.png and 0002.png ...
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How to subtract two times in shell

I nee to subtract two lines which is in the format of time in shell. Th time format is hh:mm:ss I used the code below to get the time. cat /var/log/kern.log |grep usb |tail -2| awk '{print $3}' The ...
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How to round floating point numbers in shell?

How do I correctly round IEEE 754 floating point numbers on the command line? I want to specify the precision of the output number - the count of fractional digits. Rounding 6.66 to precision 1 ...
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Arithmetic operations with expr and variables

Why won't this statement work? total=`expr $mPercent / 100 "*" .482 + $fPercent / 100 "*" .518` mPercent is a number as a result of an awk statement, as well as fPercent. I also get "expr: ...
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Rounding float numbers in csh

I have a float number stored in a variable $temp, like 3.046789. How we can round this number with 2 digits precision and the result I need is 3.05. The script I have is a csh script.
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Parenthesis in bash arithmetic: 3 * (2 + 1)

expr does not seem to like parenthesis (used in mathematics to explicit operator priority): expr 3 * (2 + 1) bash: syntax error near unexpected token `(' How to express operator priority in bash?
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Bash if conditions of variables within intervals

I have some data spread over time intervals, and I want to take some of those data within the time intervals. For example, I have data at times within 1..9, 11..19, etc., and I want to take data ...
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Error: integer expression expected

I have written a script to determine the Load average on the server as follows: #!/bin/bash loadavg=`top -b -n1 | grep -i load | awk -F, '{print$4}'| awk -F: '{print $2}'` if [ "${loadavg}" -le 1 ...
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Comparison of decimal numbers in bash

My search this morning was about how could I compare two decimal numbers in bash, and I came to this answser: How to compare to floating point number in a shell script. This one, however, doesn't ...
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Bash's conditional operator and assignment

Can we use bash's conditional operator with assignment operators after colon? Bash reference manual explains the arithmetic operators as follows. conditional operator expr ? expr : expr assignment ...
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Divide a variable by a number? [duplicate]

Basically I need to convert centimetres to inches which I am trying to do by diving the area in centimetres by 2.54. But I just cannot get this to work. echo "please enter width and then height" ...
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Check if $REPLY is in a range of numbers

I'm writing a shell script for Linux, using Bash, to translate any video-file into a MP4. For that, I'm using avconv with libvorbis for audio. Inside my script, I have a question for the user : ...
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What is the rationale for the bash shell not warning you of arithmetic overflow etc.?

There are limits set for the arithmetic evaluation capabilities of the bash shell. The manual is succinct about this aspect of shell arithmetic but states: Evaluation is done in fixed-width ...
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Is it possible to use variables in count braces in Bash?

I'm searching for a solution to a Bash 4 problem I have. Bash 4 is able to iterate with leading zeros. For the line: for i in {001..005}; do echo -n $i" ";done;echo the output is 001 002 003 004 ...
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Unit multiplier conversion in a shell script

I need to convert human-readable sizes into bytes. Unfortunately numfmt function is not accessible for me. Is there any other alternative? I need a shell/bash function to call from inside the sh ...
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TCSH bitwise | operator

How do I use the bitwise logical-or operator, |, in tcsh? I enter @ y = 1001; @ z = 0110; @ x = $y|$z 110: Command not found.
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modify user-defined System Variables(that is a number) of remote Server machine using ssh?

I want to modify the value of a System Variable of a remote server . The IP of server is 172.16.22.53. The server runs Windows OS,and Cygwin instlled in it.In ...
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Remove scientific notation bash script

When I convert MB to GB I'm getting below output. I want this output in normal format. When I use bc I'm getting an error. The text file contains nearly 100 such lines like this. I want to print this ...
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Change value of a strings representing number

I have the following expression : a="2013" How can I change the value of a to "2012".
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How do I create a bash script that sums any number of command line arguments?

How would I create a bash script that the user can use to sum any amount of command line arguments? For example, say my script is called sum: sum 3 3 sum 3 5 8 sum 9 8 21 38 And so on.. I ...
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how to convert number to time format in shell script?

I want to cut a video into about 10 minute parts like this. ffmpeg -i video.mp4 -ss 00:00:00 -t 00:10:00 -c copy 01.mp4 ffmpeg -i video.mp4 -ss 00:10:00 -t 00:10:00 -c copy 02.mp4 ffmpeg -i video.mp4 ...
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Shell scripting to divide numbers inside a file

I have a single column and 12 rows. Each row has numerical values. I want to divide each row values by some constant number (say C) using shell (bash) scripting. How to do this ? Thanks in advance..
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Why does “$(( ~33 ))” produce -34?

$ echo $(( 255 )) 255 $ echo $(( 33 )) 33 $ echo $(( ~33 )) -34 $ echo $(( ~255 )) -256 $ and my kernel is: $ uname -a Linux HOSTNAME 3.2.0-40-generic-pae #64-Ubuntu SMP Mon Mar 25 21:44:41 UTC ...
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how to suppress bash octal number interpretation? (to be interpreted as decimal)

I have this: date +"%H hours and %M minutes" I use festival to say it up.. but it says like: "zero nine hours".. I want it to say "nine hours"! but date always give me 09... so I wonder if bash ...
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Difference between two types of shell arithmetic

What is the difference between the following two shell arithmetic commands: echo $[ $var1 - 1 ] echo $(( $var1 - 1 )) Assuming var1 = 5 for example.
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case + how to implement equal or less or greater in case syntax

My target is to verify a range of number with (only with case + esac), and print the range. So for example: If the number is between 0 and 80, print >=0<=80 If the number is between 81 and 100 ...